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    November 3, 2012
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carefully monitor the ongoing progress of those projects and make sure that funds are available to replenish the low mod dollars in the city. thank you. >> thank you. robin levitt followed by sharon colt, william pickle or pickel. good afternoon, supervisors. robin levitt from hayes valley neighborhood association. i'm a long-time resident of hayes valley. i was also the co-chair with the late patricia walk up of the three campaigns to replace central freeway with octavia boulevard. i spent many of my years working on this project and still involved in it. and i just want to point out, and we all heard this, proposition i that passed the voters passed in 1999, i'm just
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going to paraphrase it because i don't have much time. after construction of octavia boulevard, it says the city shall utilize any remaining proceeds from the sale and/or disposition of the excess central freeway parcels for a transportation improvements to corridors on or ancillary to octavia boulevard. there have been some projects funded from the fund, funds realized from the sale of these parcels. they're all south of market. but if we look north of market consistently we have very problematic intersections that are still yet to be resoderv. we have oak and octavia and market and ok thaiv why which are consistently the most dangerous intersections in the city. in addition to that, every morning in my neighborhood we have traffic backing up on page, haight street, laguna street, and other streets in the neighborhood with road rage drivers. i was assaulted two years ago at the corner of laguna and page and sent to the hospital
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with a concussion. by a road rage driver there. the point is there are many transportation issues that have still not been addressed in this area * . and yet we're talking about funneling money from the sale of these parcels back for affordable housing. now, i'm a big supporter of affordable housing, but this notion of true up is something new to me. i was on the central freeway cac when [speaker not understood] was handling these sales and there was never any mention about a true up. and if you look at the sale of those parcels, the cost of those parcels that the redevelopment agency paid versus the market rate parcels, you'll see they paid much, much less than the market rate parcels. so, i just want to point this out. until we have completed the octavia boulevard project and dealt with these transportation issues, we shouldn't be talking
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about using money for affordable housing. it wasn't intended to be used for that purpose. thank you very much. good afternoon and thank you for your time. i've been a volunteer with hayes valley farm since its inception in january 2010, and i'm there pretty much every week. [speaker not understood] through some changes. almost universally the people in the neighborhood have come and thanked us for making it a safe [inaudible]. grandparents or children. but we also have visitors from other countries. we've had, what would you say, field trips from ecuador,
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indonesia, farmers from scandinavia, germany, asia, pakistan, india, and if they have time they take classes with us. and we have become one of the prototypes in the world of normal farming. these teenagers, children and adults, they take this back to their own homes. so, they feel a sense of personal empowerment. it is good for the neighborhood, but it's a small world. every part of the world is part of our neighborhood also. not just young school kids, preschoolers. they come in and they have a [speaker not understood] and they take off with it. and the parents think they can't do it.
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oh, you're too little, you're too sweet. but they're strong and they're learning. it's an asset not only to the neighborhood, but the rest of the city. the kids from bayview, the mission, pacific heights, the local french school, the wealthy kid. let's keep it. i've been in construction and i know how much [speaker not understood]. the parking lot would do. >> thank you. [speaker not understood] the farm for us. good afternoon, supervisors. my name is william pickle. i'm the executive director of west bay housing and octavia court, inc., west bay was the co-sponsor and is the co-owner of deputy of the court, hud section 81 1 property which provides supportive affordable
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and accessible housing for 14 households, person with developmental disability and also an on-site arts-based day program and open gallery which had its first open community event just last week. the project would not have been possible without tremendous collaboration amongst multiple city agencies, tremendous support from sfra, now mo. also tremendous support and advocacy from hayes valley neighborhood association. i'd like to second peter cohan's comments around imperative to really keep the conversation open around the funding available for affordable housing. it is a terrible time statewide. octavia court had three major sources of funding, hud 11, sfra tax increment set aside, and state bond financing through the multi-family housing program. all of those sources are unavailable now. so, the nuances of the true up
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and the legalities around it are beyond my knowledge, but i would say that octavia court doesn't happen without great conversations around sometimes competing community development objectessv that are managed by different agentv size. i'd like to see that kind of dialogue continue. * agencies i will say one note about the farm. they've been a great neighbor to octavia court and its residents. and i assume that when it's developed when parcel o is developed for affordable family housing that's also going to enrich the neighborhood for octavia court residents. again, i would like to see dialogue continue for a win/win outcome there. thank you very much for your time. >> thank you. [speaker not understood], jo anna bonheim. are there any additional public comment?
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* good afternoon, robert joyce. i am a resident of d5, homeowner, i live five blocks away from parcel o and i'm here speaking on behalf of myself. thank you, supervisors. thank you to the presenters. couple quick things. a lot has been said already. i would like to submit to the record something i posted in the spur website. their report that then i quote, we understand that the hayes valley farm currently located on parcel o is soon to be moved and we urge the project sponsors to work with the city to prolong the farm's tenancy until such time as parcel o can be developed. i am very pleased to hear from mr. rich today, if i reder correctly, that hayes valley farm was going to continue to be there until june 1st. that's great news. my question is what happens after that. and i would like to see an open community process where we can do what's best for all the communities involved. it's been said before that the
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idea of having an urban agriculture going on is unsafe. i think that's an opinion. i think intelligent people can disagree about that. and that compromises can be found. it's a very large site. i think we can find safe places to have urban agriculture existing on part of the parcel while construction is going on while hickory street is being extended. certainly the people whose home border right on it on the eastern side would hope that it would be safe for their homes to remain there. i would also like on the question of what is going to go on during construction also submit something from the planning department the exemption from the environmental review that was submitted in june. and i quote, "the project would not involve removal of projects from adjacent o to the [speaker not understood]. protect trees on parcel o during construction for the direction of the certified arborist." i think that gives a road nab to what parts of parcel o may
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be appropriate for urban agriculture to [speaker not understood]. thank you for your time. >> thank you. my name is [speaker not understood] bonheim. i'm a volunteer at hayes valley farm. i don't live in hayes valley. i live in the tenderloin where there's no accessible green space for residents to enjoy. i don't think it can be underestimated the importance of the feel of community, but [speaker not understood] by the productive green space. hayes valley farm gives back to the neighborhood on so many levels through the beautification, citizen involvement, education, and through the donation of food and more. so, i'm asking that this parcel continue to be used as a farm for as long as possible and certainly not the eyesore of a parking lot. thanks.
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hi, [speaker not understood]. i live pretty close to hayes valley farm and i just wanted to say that i appreciate that the city ask county is making the effort to find another location. * and however, i don't believe that it's -- i mean, it's definitely enhanced the neighborhood dramatically. i think that all of the neighbors appreciate it being there. and you've heard so many speakers already, and i know that there are probably hundreds of other people throughout the city who would speak in favor of keeping it there as long as possible. i don't think that having construction equipment parked there and taking the farm out is the answer in the short term. i just reiterate, i don't think it's a safety issue. i really think that other places for parking construction equipment can be found.
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so, i really would urge the board to take an active role in keeping it there for as long as possible and making all the efforts that you can to find another location eventually when affordable housing is built there. thank you. good afternoon, supervisors. my name is [speaker not understood] from the council of community housing organizations. first of all i want to thank all of you as co-sponsors of proposition c and the supporters of affordable housing. [speaker not understood] ken rich to talk about octavia boulevard, that a full build out will have 50% of the units as affordable housing, senior housing, formerly homeless housing, special needs housing, family housing, transitional age youth housing. want to reiterate the narrative of how octavia boulevard came
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to be. that at a time of low filled or when the city was not quite prepared to sell properties at a low market, the pre-purchases of sites for affordable housing made octavia boulevard possible. $17 million of the $23 million to develop, construct, and maintain the boulevard came from the affordable housing redevelopment agency low mod funds. of those and in that original agreement, the agency and now mayor's office of housing were to be reimbursed from those sales in the event that excess funds were available after the completion of octavia boulevard. in 2009, the mayor's office of economic development by rich projected $13.25 million that were going to go back to the mayor's office of affordable housing which made possible the construction of octavia boulevard to be able to build affordable housing sites. i'd like to enter this memo for
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the record, a 2009 memo from the office of economic work force development. at this point as you heard today, we are talking about 9.8 million rather than the original amount. things change. that is fine. that's what i guess we need to live with. i think what we need to understand, though, is just as affordable housing does its part to support [speaker not understood] improvement in the future as new affordable housing developments, we're hoping we can see a little bit of the same support coming from the transportation sector toward affordable housing. thank you very much. calvin welch, san francisco information clearinghouse. i'm of the old school of affordable housing advocacy. i'm not nice. going from 17 million to 9.8 million is simply silly policy. if you can't trust the city,
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when is a deal a deal? this came before this board because of parcel f. parcel f is being sold at less than market rate with no objection to a market rate developer with no objection from advocates when it involves market rate housing development. but when it involves repaying affordable housing development, we're told there's major problems with proposition i. proposition i wasn't cited when the city didn't have enough money to make the improvements, came to the redevelopment agency, took $17 million of affordable housing money to principally benefit the existing residents of that part of the world. all power to them. when is a deal a deal? you are currently contemplating a new transportation sustainability fee which contemplates charging a fee for affordable housing development.
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folks, this is not good policy, to pit affordable housing against transit does not make sense. finally, it also does not make sense to remove from parcel o a function garden, urban agricultural garden. to do phasing for market rate development. keep parcel o in its current use. work hard to repay as much of the $17 million for affordable housing. and thank you for your support for proposition c. we'll see you on the transit sustainability fee. bye-bye. i knew you were a city in white ♪ how did you make the item turn outright
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we're going riding on the octavia freeway of love with the wind against our backs we're going riding on the freeway of love and nothing's holding us back and i know you're gonna make it work outright oh, you're gonna see the light and we're going riding on the freeway of love with the wind against our backs we're going riding on the freeway of love and we're holding nothing back we're going riding ♪ >> are there any additional public comments? seeing none, public comment is closed. >> thank you. so, colleagues, are there any questions? i'd like to ask one for olson
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lee and ms. yunga. some of the affordable advocates raised questions about the true up amount from 17 million dropped to 13.2 and the amount in our -- the ordinance before us is 9.8 million. could you talk about how we're going to ensure that we're going to have the maximum amount for affordable housing in the city? >> thank you. thank you very much. olson lee, director of the mayor's office of housing. the memo that was cited by fernando really was the understanding early on in the process. i think that the notion of the amount of the van ness improvements were probably accurate a while ago, but things have changed on the transportation side. i think this m-o-u will be structured in such a way that the affordable housing number will be fixed, at least the
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9.8. the structure that will be, as ken explained, that after the additional ancillary improvements and some staffing costs, the affordable housing will be paid out of the next set of proceeds. and then the remaining funds for the van ness improvement. and if there are any funds remaining after that will go for affordable housing. so, i think that the m-o-u will guarantee that, that is at least the amount stated here in the presentation overall. and we will work closely with our fellow departments both oewd and dp w that this m-o-u we all agree to will be adhered to and the monies will be directed towards affordable housing. i did want to state that, you know, the role of affordable housing in this neighborhood is not just purchasing the land,
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but that each individual unit requires the level of subsidy. subsidy probably in the neighborhood of 200,000 a unit and we produced over 300 -- over 3 25 units, which means that the contribution of either redevelopment funds or other funds into the neighborhood to meet the affordable housing goal has been in excess of $32 million in addition to the land purchase. so, the amount of the true up that helps meet those other future funding obligationses that we had to be able to ensure that the affordable housing gets built. * >> thank you. supervisor olague. >> yes, i just want to thank members of the public for coming out today. i agree that hayes valley farm is a wonderful use and we've
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managed to get an extension, i think a six-month extension, at least. and i believe that what we need to engage in is some conversations with mo, with the developers, with the community, and the neighbors to try to come up with a strategy around the timeline for the development and see if there are ways that we can work around the construction and that sort of thing. so, i look forward to having those discussions with members of the public who are here today to see if we can find a way that we can have a simultaneous use. in the past we've looked at legislation around temporary uses, at sites that have been permitted for development. and i think that it's time that we revisit that legislation and given the enthusiasm that was seen in the city around urban
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agriculture and some of these community farms, i think that we really do need to find a way of legislating these temporary uses because right now it it seems a little bit too arbitrary in many ways and we need to have some kind of policy around it. so, i would like to work with mo and planning and members of the community to try to come up with that sort of a scheme. also, i agree that site was blighted for years and the farm has provided [speaker not understood] on the street. all of those things have revitalized the neighborhood and have put a lot of young people to work. so, i look forward to the buchanan mall being used for that hayes valley farm -- some of it being converted there. i believe there are other parts of hayes valley that would like to see that type of use. it's a question of finding a
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site. i think that's one of the limitations of having these cacs developed. many of us worked on the market octavia plan. we approved it when i was still at planning. and we discussed a lot of the issues. and i think now we're starting to see the impact of the densification of the city, of the freeway, and i think there are a lot of unstudied impacts. and i think that the cac being limited to just financial kind of a fiscal sort of role, it's unfortunate in a way because as we're seeing these area plans move forward, we're starting to observe a lot of the issues that are coming up around the impacts around -- as i mentioned, transportation, lack of open space, the densification of this neighborhood. so, a lot of these quality of life issues are really coming to -- i think becoming more apparent as we move along. so, we may want to look at kind
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of that ongoing dialogue that happens with the community around the evolution of some of these area plans because the market octavia is just one of them. eastern neighborhoods is another. there's a lot we still haven't begun to see. they look great on paper and the community is always involved. seems like the conversation stops after the approval and i don't think that's such a good thing. so, again, i just want to encourage us to hopefully mo and the developer, members of the community who are here, can continue to engage in constructive dialogue around, mr. joyce mentioned, around finding ways to continue some of these uses that i think ultimately it will require some kind of legislation that looks at permitted sites and some of the blighting issues and definitely issues on open space. the city really is, i think, challenged in many ways around
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that issue. >> supervisor olague, i just wanted to thank you for bringing this forward. thanks for the presentations from ken rich and also from the mayor's office of housing ultimately and ms. yunga. i did want to say i do support as much money from the true up as we can get for affordable housing development. and i see the hayes valley farm, but also just the transformation of a former freeway area into more livable areas of the octavia boulevard plan. and i wanted to also say that i see the hayes valley farm as a catalyst not only for an area that used to be a freeway on ramp, to more of a greening and an open space. and i am hoping that with the new housing that's developed, that supervisor olague's office and others really work on a appropriate alternate site for the farm. i also wanted to say that the urban agriculture alliance has
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been a product of the hayes valley farm and we're looking at city-wide efforts to make sure that we have urban farms throughout the city, not just in the hayes valley area, but also other parts of the city. also, i'm supportive of the residents from the hayes valley residents to the hayes valley farm leaders that are here today. be sure there is a public open process to discuss this and i know that supervisor olague's office is working hard behind the scenes. and i'm glad to hear there is a six-month extension. but hopefully we can keep active this open space and amazing place that's the hayes valley farm for as long as feasibly possible. i wanted to also say in 1989 during the loma-prieta earthquake, i was right there at the site of the hayes valley farm. for some reason, i must have just gotten off the freeway, but i know that i was stranded there. compared to '89 to now it's an amazing place that even my
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12-year-old brought a number of her friends to one of the reesev entitle hayes valley farm educational processes. * recent. for the young people that have been empowered through the process of the farm to even others from outside of the neighborhood that come to learn, it's an amazing place that i hope continues to be a catalyst city-wide as well. so, thank you so much for the work, supervisor olague. i'm supportive of the legislation. so, colleagues, this was -- actually, it is an not legislation, just a hearing. >> just a hearing on the parcels. >> thank you, everyone, for the presentations. and, colleagues, can we continue this item to the call of the chair without objection? okay, thank you. thank you, everyone, for coming out. we have one more item that's a great one on car sharing. ms. ausbury, can you please call item number 3? >> item number 3, hearing on the status of current city car-sharing programs including: the on-street pilot program, one-way car-sharing programs, and evaluation of strategies to expand car-sharing to the southeastern neighborhoods and
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other neighborhoods throughout the city that do not currently have a high volume of car-sharing. >> thank you. and the sponsor is supervisor maly a cohen. >> thank you very much. come on, everybody. don't leave. we're going to talk about something just as exciting. come on, car sharing. [laughter] >> i know that affects many of you in hayes valley and octavia boulevard. why do you want to leave? okay. well, supervisor olague, have a seat. [laughter] >> oh, okay, okay. >> [inaudible]. >> okay, yeah, yeah. okay, for the record she said she supports it. although today's item is a hearing, but forgive me. i'm just trying to liven things up a little bit. so, as you know, this is a hearing which means we won't be taking a vote on this particular matter. but thank you everyone who did stay. i introduced this item because i've been very encouraged and also honestly a little frustrated by the city's
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approach to implementing car sharing. car sharing has been incredibly successful in many of our neighborhoods, particularly those with higher density and a population of residents who know how to take advantage of these particular programs. however, in many of our more outlying neighborhoods, which i represent, we haven't seen the same level of success. so, i believe there is a significant room for us to work more collaboratively with departments, car sharing companies, and companies to expand the overall aspects and increase access as well. i'm hoping to accomplish a few things today. three key simple things. first is just a hearing from sfmta folks. thank you for being here with us today. an evaluation of the on-street pilot program. i'm curious to hear about what works and what hasn't worked and want to work through some of the challenges that you've identified. second, to discuss with sfmta and the department of the environment, director, thanks

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